The Symfonisk Speaker does not have the most memorable of names, but it is a speaker well worth your attention.
The furniture mammoth recently featured the Symfonisk line on its Instagram story, which means that new hardware is coming soon. But after confirming that there are indeed “products we’re working on together,” they declined to give a specific date when we might see the results of those efforts.
A revamped version of the Symfonisk table lamp is the first new product. It’s expected to be sold for around the same price ($179) as the original product, which basically stuffed the sound quality of a Sonos Play:1 into the body of a lamp. The device could easily be placed into a bedroom or living room without being too obtrusive, even if it is larger than your average bedside lamp.
The cheapest way and stepping stone into Sonos‘ excellent multi-room experience, is the $99 Symfonisk bookshelf speaker. It is an unassuming speaker that will blend into most home decors. It has a simple yet elegant design that reflects both companies. The outer casing is plastic, much like the Sonos Play:5, and there is a similar design language too, with soft edges and curved corners. However, it is not due for any major updates.
Instead, the second product that Ikea and Sonos will announce in this year is entirely new: a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker. Reportedly codenamed “Titan,” it’s said to be an attempt to fuse music with wall art. Details about how it functions couldn’t be learned at the moment. Moreover, it’s vague whether the entire artwork print is the product or if the speaker unit can be transferred between different exterior art housings.
One of the two new FCC filings from Ikea and Sonos submitted earlier this year is for a “wireless module.” Most of the details have been locked away under a confidentiality agreement. At a distance, it could look like any of Ikea’s wall prints, only with much more tech on the other side.
Whether it’s a frame with integrated speakers, or a removable module that attaches to Ikea art, is unknown right now. It leaves tons of possibilities- perhaps a larger or smaller version of the bookshelf speaker, or a different shape of table lamp.
So far, all of the Symfonisk products have been designed with a dual purpose in mind.
The lamp is a combination of a speaker and light source. At first glance, you won’t realize that the lamp doubles as a speaker. The bookshelf speaker can literally double as a shelf when mounted to a wall, and they’re also meant to blend into home decor.
From that perspective, combining artwork and a music speaker seems like a natural progression for the Symfonisk series.
Ikea and Sonos have yet to reveal exactly when they plan to announce their latest collaborative efforts, but with the teasers already starting, it seems fair to assume we’ll hear more about the new device sooner rather than later.